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Band Makes Familiarity Funky

Band Makes Familiarity Funky



Who: Urban Groove
Where: Belmont 16ft Sailing Club
When: Saturday August 27, 2005

MEMBERS of cover band Urban Groove say it has a simple philosophy that works every time: play what makes people dance, what they are familiar with and make it funky.

The band members all said they do this by combining a repertoire of well-known songs from '70s up to today's top-40 with a blistering funky feel.

``Urban Groove have the smoothest man in the business, bfToby Leisner nf on vocals,'' guitarist bfMarkus Peeples nf said.

Leisner won over audiences almost a decade ago when he sung in Star Struck in 1994 and 1995.

He also was the lead singer of the former Newcastle party band JJ Sam.

Leisner is backed by Adam Morris (drums), Steven Wooster (bass and backing vocals), Chris Cornell (vocals), Bernie Grace (tenor and alto sax and vocals), Rowan Grace (trumpet, trombone and vocals) and Peeples (guitar and backing vocals).

Peeples, Wooster and Leisner first learned their art at King's Comedy Restaurant then refined it in JJ Sam.

The Grace brothers and Cornell later teamed up with them to form Urban Groove.

The Grace brothers have a wealth of experience.

They have toured both nationally and internationally with other bands.

Urban Groove are able to play dance, jazz, blues or rock'n'roll.

The band will play at the Belmont 16 Ft Sailing Club on Saturday.



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